WE BROKE THE WORLD RECORD!
Guinness World Records have confirmed that 45,611 participants joined in to #DrawWithRob on 21st May 2020 meaning we smashed the world record for world's largest ever online art lesson!
We also raised £51,970 to help fight COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics which is five times more than we thought we could.
Thank you for being part of it and congratulations on becoming record breakers! Make sure you print off your certificate, add your name and post it on social media with #ArtWorldRecords to make the grid (check out our WE WERE THERE page).
The lesson streamed live on 21st May, 4- 4.30 PM BST.
45,611 participants turned up to learn to draw a whale with World Book Day author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph, and broke the Guinness World Records title for largest online art lesson ever. The lesson recording can be found on Rob's YouTube Channel here.
The lesson raised over £50,000 in donations to fight COVID-19!
We're in lockdown. Being stuck at home is tough, especially for parents who work, care for and educate kids full time.
Breaking a Guinness World Records title will be fun! We'll be making history while reinforcing the message #StayAtHome.
Donate what you can so we can raise money for high impact charities to:
- Stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Support those suffering.
- Prevent future pandemics.
THE WORLD RECORD
Rob Biddulph is a famed author and illustrator of children's books.
You may know him from his #DrawWithRob lessons that have gone viral across families during lockdown (and shared by BBC and CBS). Or you may know him from one of his books like Odd Dog Out.
On 21st May, Rob will teach the world a 30 minute art lesson where we learn to draw a much loved character.
To beat the Guinness World Records title for largest online art lesson at least 10,000 people need to tune in to draw with Rob for a full 30 minutes on 21st May at 4PM BST | 8AM PST.
THANK YOU TO COMPANIES THAT DONATED
Hopefully this helped bring teams together and break the isolation of lockdown. Thank you for donating to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 through high-impact, vetted charities!
When the coronavirus pandemic lockdown period began in Spring/Summer 2020, I realised that lots of people were going to find themselves at home with their children for several weeks/months looking for things to do. So I decided to post a draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am BST that parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures.
From that moment on, the messages and pictures haven't stopped arriving in my inbox from all over the world. Then the media got wind of it and the next day I found myself being interviewed on BBC Radio FiveLive, Channel Five News and News at Ten. The next morning it was BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4. Even CBS and NBC in America ran stories on me! Quite surreal.
We want to see exactly how many people we can bring together. That's right. We are going to try to break the WORLD RECORD for the biggest art lesson/draw-along that has ever taken place. The aim is to try and get 10,000 people from all across the world drawing the same picture at the same time, and I would love you to be a part of it. Of course, we are not just doing this to get in the Guinness Book of Records. Part of the deal is that companies will be donating funds and all of the money raised will go towards... a) research that will help curb the spread of COVID-19, b) providing relief to those most impacted by the virus, and c) helping prepare for future pandemics. As I'm sure you’ll agree, these are all important and worthy causes.
If I had to choose a favourite thing about this whole #DrawWithRob experience, I would say it is the fact that I get to see the smiling faces of all my little Kahlos, Hockneys and Picassos twice a week. I'd love for those smiles to belong to world-record holders. So, come on. Pick up those pencils and get involved. It’s for a great cause, and I guarantee that we'll all have a whale of a time.
Thanking you in advance. With all my very best wishes,